Tinseltown - Los Angeles - City of Angels
Getty Center : This is a beautifully maintained campus which houses the J. Paul Getty Museum. Costing over $1.3 million, the museum displays relics from ancient European and American art and culture including numerous photographs. The center offers great view of the LA city from its top especially during the nights. The well maintained garden is ideal for spending time during leisurely evenings with some of the bands performing on most of the nights.
Malibu : An hour ride away from LA is the city of Malibu with its beaches along the coast with the Pacific Ocean. The beaches here provide the quite environment if one is looking to relax on a sunny weekend away from the rush of LA. The city of Malibu is considered to be the home of affluence with most Hollywood celebrities and other richie-richs finding their abode here. Many houses on the coastline extend into the sea reserving personal beach spaces for themselves and looking at all this one wonders if he would be able to settle here sometime.
Torrance Go Karting : During one of the visits to the Groupon, I found a 1+1 deal for the K1 go karting circuit and so we were off to the suburb city of Torrance. After about a couple of bus changes and around an hour ride, we were finally at the place. The area near the facility was mostly serene with trees surrounding the roads and providing great shade for short breaks. A couple of runs on the racing circuit were enough to raise the adrenaline level and was time and money well spent.
Venice Beach and Santa Monica Beach : These two beaches in the city of Los Angeles are ideal evening destinations to relax after a working day in office or after long boring lectures. Though the place is hustled with people as is expected from a beach in the middle of a city, but provides a great glimpse of the Pacific.
LA Auto show : This annual exhibition of the motor cars, held in November, is a wonderful opportunity to get a glimpse into world of cars and how big manufactures view the future of automobiles. It is the place to be if you want to preview upcoming cars, understand various technologies or get a glimpse into concept models that companies are working on. In case you fantasize yourself in those BMWs, Mercs or Audis and want yourself to be clicked behind those wheels, this event provides perfect opportunity. It is a perfect for both auto enthusiasts and not so enthusiasts with the eye-candies on display.
Exposition Park : Exposition Park is house of a number of facilities including gardens, sports arena, California Science Center, history museum, rose garden and IMAX theatre.
Griffith Park : One of the biggest parks in Los Angeles and busiest of the shooting locations, this campus houses a number of tourist attractions in the city. This is over 4000 acre campus housing Griffith Observatory, various trek routes and green surrounding. This is a good place to spend an entire day and deserves a visit by any tourist in the city.
The exchange term did give an opportunity to meet many new people and visit numerous places. Overall it was one of the most memorable time and would surely remember and cherish it for times to come.